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Williamsburg’s top city planner arrested Sunday for domestic assault

Demetrios Florakis
Demetrios Florakis (Courtesy VRPJ)

Williamsburg’s top city planner was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic assault, police said.  

Demetrios Florakis, 50, who has served on the Planning Commission since 2012, and as its chairman since 2014, was taken into custody Sunday morning after police responded to a “domestic in progress” call in a home on College Terrace, according to Maj. Greg Riley, Williamsburg Police Department. 

Around 9:25 a.m. Sunday, police arrived to a residence in the 600 block of College Terrace for domestic in progress, Riley said.

According to witness statements, Florakis allegedly argued with his wife Megan Florakis. Both complained each had been physically assaulted by the other. 

Florakis was transported to Virginia Regional Peninsula Jail. He was released.

Later the same day, Williamsburg Police served Florakis’ wife with an arrest warrant for assault and battery, Riley said. Florakis’ wife was not taken to jail.  Neither required medical treatment. 

The lawyer for Florakis, Kenneth B. Murov, was not immediately available for comment. 

Members of the Planning Commission for the City of Williamsburg serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council and are appointed, not elected. 

Florakis is also being sued in a civil matter brought by his younger brother Nickolas Florakis.

The younger Florakis alleges the chairman embezzled funds from multiple companies co-owned by the brothers and used corporate profits to pay off personal debts without consulting his brother or reimbursing the companies.

This story has been updated to include the role of the Planning Commission in city government.



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